The Shadowed Sun

The Shadowed Sun

Book - 2012
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After the citizens of Gujaareh, opressed by the Kisuati Protectorate, suffer from plague and deadly nightmares, Hanani, a dream goddess priestess, and Wanahomen, its exiled prince, join forces to try to save the city.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, c2012
ISBN: 9780316187299
0316187291
Branch Call Number: FIC Jemi
Characteristics: 519 p. ; 21 cm

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Barbdesign
Feb 09, 2019

Excellent sequel to The Killing Moon, which was so extraordinary. In this second book in the duology, I can truly feel the heat and find the physical environmental description is among the best I've ever read. Jemisin can flip a scene in a sentence. I struggled with the transition from the first book to this one, but appreciating and trusting the author, I gently kept on and was again drawn deeply into the world she built. I cannot recommend this writer highly enough. As one reviewer say, "Are you reading NK Jemisin? If not, you should be!". If you love fantasy and sci-fi, you'll be glad you picked up her work.

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0xG
Dec 10, 2018

the Dreamblood series consists of The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun

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jessica_ebacher
Jul 26, 2016

An excellent follow up to The Killing Moon, The Shadowed Sun picks up 10 years after the event of the first book. The Dreaming City of Gujaarah is tense and uneasy, but stable. Great changes have been set in motion, though, and deadly magic threatens to tear the land apart once again. Beautifully written, once again NK Jemisin has created something that feels rich, vibrant, and utterly fresh.

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sat7
May 15, 2015

Well done. Enjoyable, good pace and character development. Worth a read. I missed the first book so that will come next.

forbesrachel Jul 01, 2013

Unlike the first book, the second has a better focus on its main characters. You feel dislike for Wanahomen, but gradually begin to like him as he changes. You wish Hanani was stronger, and cheer her on as she does. Once again Jemisin looks at several serious flaws of their system, issues which are even in our world. Prejudice against "barbarians", the place of women in a society, suffering, people who control a people they do not understand, etc. A women's role is an especially strong focus as the main character is a woman. In the end Hanani finds her strength in her womanhood, but refuses to become limited by societies prejudices about it.

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ParnassusReads
Jun 23, 2012

This is the second book in the Dreamblood duology, and my favorite of the two. Where the first seemed a little uneven in places, The Shadowed Sun is smooth and silky, even though it depicts some of the worst crimes that can be committed against a human being. Jemisin handles these issues with a grace that treats them as a problem, not just part of the status quo for her fantasy world, as other authors do (GRRM, anyone?). Hanani is a more sympathetic than any of the other characters in the duology, and also more well rounded. If you are looking for a strong female lead in a fantasy novel, add this book to your list (Hanani is in fact female, not male, as the library states).

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